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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Two Moto Kiwis, May 8, 2012.
I don't know, ask Vince
That just about made me spit my coffee on my keyboard this morning, too funny.
I have been following along for a long time and just wanted to say, it is your easy going sense of humor that makes this thread so enjoyable. I am trying to learn Spanish as well and it isn't easy for a lifelong English speaker to do. Little by little I find that my understanding grows. This is not to say that I could write, or speak a proper sentence, but my comprehension is growing, as long as the speaker talks slowly (and they never do).
I admire you both for your undertaking. Be safe, and have the time of your lives!
Ha thanks man, Yeah learning a new language at 46 is quite comical at times so inventing new words has been fun and we try and take the light hearted and fun approach to things, not always easy.
Thus far we can add to the international dictionary the following words which make any international conversation among Chinese, Kiwis and Spaniards totally acceptable, these are,
Chanish, Spinglish, Spanese and Slangnish
So back to my text book for now, thanks for following and more so enjoying, another report will come on the weekend
Andi, I was 42 when I started learning Spanish. After a few weeks I could talk about kids kicking a football and jumping over picnic tables all day long, I just couldn't talk about anything other than that.
Yeah, German too. Still continuing my German lessons, on a more personal level.
Actually the Rum thing, wait, Old Parr thing, was in Venezuela. I had been in Brazil for some months, went to VZ at Silviu's place, and when he and his buddies started feeding me a bottomless glass of Old Parr, I started speaking pretty decent Portuguese to the Venezuelan boys. They got a kick out of that.
Spanish is coming on well two weeks in so happy with that.
German .... sounds like an"attractive" option has been taken ... well done that man, assuming to then the practica is more fun too
My preference is still Coconut Rum, I have practiced a lot with this but still don't know any Portuguese .... maybe I bought the wring stuff.:huh
Perhaps you should try Jamaican?
Language or Rum it doesn't seem to matter, besides,
once you drink enough of it, nobody can understand you anyway!
YMMV of course...
Hmmm, wanted to go yo Jamaica ... shoulda gone there from Cuba but at least it gives us an excuse to go back.
So tonight we are out for ANZAC tea at school where the Kiwis and Ozzies are cooking for the rest of the school kids so I need to buy some more Rum.
See what the shop has.
Sounds like you guys are doing good, have enjoyed the photos recently, Well honestly Mackenzie saw the bum one and said, yikes no one needs to see that..lol. Our Friends from OZ turned up yesterday and have taken the DR's for a ride today, we will be heading off for a couple of weeks in the next few days.
Xela, The Weekend WOHHOH
Sabado (Saturday) was a sleep in ... no pictures of that.
We decided to take the day off, wonder around Xela centro, go to the market etc and just take the place in and case it out.
It started with a choco coco .... no explanation needed, measured by chocolateonfacesmileinpublic grin <---- like this fella but brown!!
Ellen was a little more lady like
We had a great walk including finding longer screws for the top case for spacers and taking in the huge market.
Mangos ...... mangos ... argh we splashed out and bought two huge mangos for 5Q which is about 64 cents for the two, these were for the hot pools the next day.
Saw a 27.5 inch mountain bike for the first time although probably old news now I was excited to see it.
Domingo (Sunday) was almost a sleep in with breaky at 8.30 am and Fuentas Georgina lined up for the day.
Fuentes Georginas is a neat hot pool centre sitting at about 2800 metres up in the cloud and fog line.
Time to break out the moto and take a 16 km ride, out of town was hard work as most centros are but once out of town and up to the access road that was as wide a one car in places it was neat fun.
It is incredible where the Guatemalans plant crops with some incredibly steep faces being farmed.
Crops brought to the road side and friendly wave from a friendly Guatemalan ... not hard to find here at all.
The hot pools (Aqua Caliente) are in an amazing setting, the first pool at the top is a little too hot to start with and you have to get in quietly and can only stay in for a short while.
The next pool down is very comfy and can turn you into a prune cos you realize how long you have been sitting in there, then there is a kids pool which is shallow.
Ellen enjoying her back being tampt by the hot water, check out the ladys look on her face to the right of Ellen :huh :eek1 .... I am sure it wasn't us
Right at the entrance there is another hot pool in a rock setting on the left hand side which is very cool so we made the most of that too.
Out treat for the day was to have the mangos from the market and they were simple beautiful providing the much needed orange ring around my mouth supported by a contented grin.
Having a late lunch there we chose the cheese burger option which come with chips and salad and come highly recommended.
Setting off for home looking like heated prunes we rode back partly through fog then popping out below the great white canopy allowing spectacular views of the valley giving us appreciation of our elevation.
One horsepower can move a lot but 100 HP is more fun
This is the town of Zunil that you take the turnoff up to the springs
All in all a great trip from Xela, not far away and very nice.
Heya Clare ... we put that photo up so Mackenzie will be put off boys or is that the wrong approach to good parenting/crazykiwiadopteduncle :eek1
Great to hear they are there and on their way, if they have ANY questions just let us know.
Spanish is going well but my head hurts (so does Ellens tho) so we must be making progress.
Luv to all, go celebrate ANZACS with a few liquids as we will be doing tonight with our Ozzie brothers here
Every day I look at you eating food and living the dream , keep the Pics and tall but true stories cuming Cob . Good the Mod stepped in and banned that tosser a . Another one brain washed by the system . I loaded the latest firmware to my Sony NEX camera last week and are now using Picasa3 as editor . Im stacking 10 pics into 1 . Here is the results .
Im living in the white place with green roof $350 NZ a month and pics also include neighbours, sun rises, moon , crypt at front gate where previous owners ashes rest. Lots of people in NZ cant understand why I like here .
I took these pics within 75 meters of home this morning , Juliet is wearing her new $7 dress , I then went swimming followed by lunch of scolops, bacon , cucumber , tomatoes, red onions and washed down with chilled Coke. I dont drink beer till sunset or I would turn into a pisshead . 1 litre bottles of beer cost just over $1 .
This is going to be my next motor bike , these are every where on Biri Island . Ride safe and keep the good news cuming .
Heya mate great to hear from you, glad you and chicie are all good.
The Voodoodork musta been a major idiot elsewhere cos they wouldn't ban some for that so yeap great news they are on the case ... thanks mods
Guatemala is economical to live in too, we love the place and are really enjoying it, fresh fruit and so cheap.
Hmmm, we don't use any photo editing software so might look at that, we have some photos we would like to play with.
Variations of that bike around here mate, interesting what they load on them and with little wheels, little bearings etc :huh
Rum seems to be a common theme in your reports.... have you tried the Zacapa Sistema Solera 23 anos? One of the best of Guatemala!!
Not yet off for more tonight so will look for it
I was talking to CJ yesterday and he was at those hot springs last year . I use the photo editor all the time , its amazing what u can crop and turn an ordinary pic into a good 1 . A lot of beach shots I crop into Panaramic pics . Pays to have camera set to highest pixels or you loose out in quality. My sony NEX only has a 18x55 lens so not much zoom but pics are such good quality after cropping they come out real good . I paid $300 for it the day b4 leaving NZ . I loaded the latest firmware and it duz B&W and an amazing pop mode which makes all the colors a lot richer . Makes a dull bamboo house look like new . You can have a lot of fun with Picasa3 and its free. The guns use Lightroom and Adobe photo shop but I have heard that they are very hard to use.
Yes they put some amazing loads on axles in 3rd world countries aye . Cheers Toddy
Good read mate, Hope you sorted all the problems out on the SE mate.
I'm about to set off on my own trip to the USA & Canada on my SE too. Bike all pulled down at the moment checking & cleaning.
Ride the world, Ride Safe.
Thanks man, x fingers most probs sorted now other than ones that grow from being used in anger.
Good man and I trust you will be doing a RR? ..... no pressure
One thing everyone talks about is subframe strengthening ... you done this?
I reckon if you need to strengthen the subframe you carrying too much shit.
If you are not carrying a top bag or box you will be ok, we are two thus need the space, we didn't do anything to our subframe but we transfered all the weight away from it too....I think it will still break as there is a perfect fail point right where any load comes on......KTM dude was having a siesta when they built that.
Xela Week Two
Greetings people, this week has been a trial of man and machine, I thought I was a machine but nup. :eek1
The week started like every school weeks starts when you are having your mid life crisis and learning a second language ..... for fun.:huh
Although I managed to drop a few bombs in the Latin American section of ADV http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=880398 in my Merino T Shirts thread (go have a look at my expense) progress has been good.
Everyday I felt bombed in the head means I am going forward, Ellen on the other hand is flying through with honours and doing extremely well.
We are surrounded by mostly younger folk (hate saying that) ((approx 15 - 20 years younger than us)) and wanted to feel a little more sporting although most of them take their hats off to us for our trip and they too feel totally spent after each day so we dont feel so bad knowing that.
Ellen decided to ditch her grey hair and sportingly go slightly rojo (red), I decided it was time to honour my long time want of a getting a chain tattoo ... so I did just a symbol of my passion for motorcycles and mountain bikes ..... hope I never wonna buy a BMW 1200 GS !!!!
Finished pic will be posted when complete
So all in all really enjoying Xela and the Spanish lessons as they will make such a difference south of here.